On This Date: 60 year ago tonight Tuesday December 10, 1957 Nature Boy Buddy Rogers faced Ike Eakins in a No Time Limit – Falls Don’t Count “Texas Death Match” at the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Eau Gallie / Melbourne, Florida.
This newspaper ad for the event at Eau Gallie says the civic center is “ALWAYS HEATED when necessary” You can bet they didn’t need any added heat that night when Buddy Rogers came to town and burned the roof off!
This portrait of NWA World Heavyweight Champion Nature Boy Buddy Rogers appeared in a wrestling album from 1965. Buddy held the National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Championship from June 30, 1961 until January 24, 1963.
On This Day: November 22, 1979 – The Battle of The Nature Boys. Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and Nature Boy Ric Flair met one on one in the ring for this Thanksgiving Night showdown at the Scope Coliseum in Norfolk, Virginia. The two Nature Boys would meet on a few occasions during this feud, but on this night The Original Nature Boy Buddy Rogers would have his hand raise in victory after Ric Flair was counted out of the ring.
Here is incredible hand-held film footage of the Battle of the Nature Boys. The reaction from the crowd for these two legends is tremendous!!
On this date: Friday November 20, 1953 – Buddy Rogers faced Don Eagle One fall to a finish. on this event at the Kiel Auditorium in St Louis, MO promoted by Sam Muchnick.
Rogers met the winner of a match between Don Eagle and Wild Bill Longson
In an interview for the events program, Buddy Rogers demands a World Heavyweight Title match with Lou Thesz.
“I’m positive this figure-four leglock can take me to the world’s heavyweight championship.” The blond bomber announced “That is, of course if I am successful in getting this bout with Thesz. I want it definitely understood that if and when I beat either Don Eagle or Longson… or BOTH… that should qualify me for a title bout. I have so notified Promoter Muchnick, but he only talks about other guys like Ray Eckert, Bobby Managoff, Joe Tangaro and such. I don’t go along with that idea at all!”
On This Date: November 18, 1950 – 67 years ago tonight, Nature Boy Buddy Rogers wrestled Lone Eagle in the main event of this Sam Muchnick wrestling event at the Kiel Auditorium in St Louis, Missouri. General admission tickets could be had for 60 CENTS!